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Ortiz Hits 2 Homers And Career High 7 RBIs In 11-1 Win Over Tigers

Blake Swihart's double in the bottom of the fourth got the Red Sox on the board first on Sunday night.  (Gabe Rodriguez)

Blake Swihart’s double in the bottom of the fourth got the Red Sox on the board first on Sunday night.
(Gabe Rodriguez)

The Boston Red Sox hosted the third and final game of the weekend series against the Detroit Tigers in a rubber match for the series win.

Rookie Eduardo Rodriguez, who has had a lot of shining moments throughout the season, took the start for the Red Sox against Detroit right-hander Shane Greene (ERA 6.72) who has struggled since mid-May who was looking to build upon some bright moments in his last start.

In the bottom of the fourth the Red Sox got on the board first with a RBI double by Blake Swihart on a ground ball to right field to score Hanley Ramirez.

The Tigers were able to tie the game at one with a solo homer by Nick Castellanos, his tenth of the season.

In the bottom of the fifth, Greene began to struggle keeping the ball low and it cost him when he allowed a three run homerun by David Ortiz, his firts on the night, on a fly ball to right center field for a 4-1 ballgame. Mike Napoli would then add to the Red Sox lead with a ground-rule double on a fly ball down the right field line to score Hanley Ramirez.

Shane Greene would then be relieved by LHP Kyle Ryan (ERA 5.74) who would then get the Tigers out of the fifth inning. Greene’s final line was 4.1 innings allowing eleven hits and five runs; walking two and striking out one batter.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Sox tacked on another run with a RBI single by Ortiz on a line drive to center to send home Jemile Weeks. But, Boston wasn’t done just yet in the sixth inning as Pablo Sandoval and Napoli hit RBI singles with a 8-1 ballgame.

Ryan went one and two thirds innings allowing three runs off of five hits; striking out two.

Right-hander Neftali Feliz entered in the seventh and allowed Ortiz to hit his second three run homer of the night for a career high seven RBIs on the night.

The Red Sox also collected a season high 20 hits on the night, to put that into perspective they only had 22 hits in the entire series against the LA Angels last weekend.

Rodriguez went seven solid  innings for Boston allowing just three hits and one run; striking out six batters and walking one.

LHP Robbie Ross (ERA 3.19) then pitched a hit-less eighth inning and righty Alexi Ogando (ERA 3.98) for the ninth.

The Tigers now fall to two games behind .500 and are in third place in the AL Central still three games behind the second Wild Card spot.

The Red Sox remain in last place in the AL East, eleven games behind the division leading New York Yankees.

Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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